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Tribology and Fluids

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The “Tribology & Fluids” research group focuses on the research of pressure fluids and the holistic understanding of tribological systems in hydraulic and pneumatic applications.
Investigations of the various tribological and pressure fluid issues are carried out on different levels of abstraction ranging from tribometer investigations to complex multi-body systems. The aim is to be able to ensure the transferability of the findings to real systems, enabling an application-oriented optimization of existing tribological systems. In parallel to experimental investigations, analytical and simulative models and methods for describing the observed effects are created, extended and validated whenever possible. By use of these methods local critical states in tribological systems can
already be evaluated and optimized during the design process.
ifas has extensive experience and expertise in the development and operation of highly specialized tailor made test benches. Amongst others, unique test rigs for the determination of pressure-dependent fluid properties (up to 8000 bar), friction forces in sealing systems at relative speeds of up to 10 m/s, leakage and entrainment rate of rod sealing systems have been designed and are in operation. Furthermore, a variety of tribometers for the investigation of abstracted contacts under the influence of various lubrication conditions and material pairings are in operation. Additionally, an oil laboratory enabling standardized tests, e.g., capillary viscosimetry, HFRR and SLBOCLE, is available.
The research results intend to improve the physical and / or empirical understanding of the tribological contacts and systems, thus enabling modelling for an
efficient and durable component and fluid design, as well as for lifetime prediction.

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